Top spot despite upset loss

March 06, 2017

Shepparton Golf's John Dagger helped his side secure the Allan Matheson Shield minor premiership despite losing to Stanhope.

If you had told Brad Orr on Saturday morning that his side would wrestle top spot and the Allan Matheson Shield minor premiership, back by the end of the day he would have been a happy man.

Conversely, if you had told the Shepparton Golf coach that his rink would be the only victor in a final-round loss to Stanhope he would have most certainly been scratching his head for answers.

How then did he react when both scenarios proceeded to come to bear in what was yet another unbelievable round of Goulburn Valley Bowls?

‘‘Finishing first or second doesn’t really matter in the end,’’ Orr said.

‘‘But to lose and still get top spot, you probably would never read about it.’’

With Shepparton Park stunning East Shepparton 18-0, Orr’s 30-13 rink win against Stanhope’s Greg Fitzpatrick was remarkably enough to push his side into first place, despite not securing overall victory.

Orr’s rink of John Dagger (lead), Graeme Thorne (second) and Col Power (third) bowled well all day to allow him to play shots where needed.

The 94-99 loss completed a rollercoaster finish to the regular season for the premiership favourites, which saw the side unable to string two good performances together, winning only two of the past five matches.

‘‘You can’t take anything away from the opposition,’’ Orr said.

‘‘Don’t get me wrong, we haven’t had a great finish by any means, but you look at it and Stanhope were trying to get something out of the season and Nagambie’s was on the line.’’

Stanhope skipper’s David Millard (34-33), Tim Hancock (24-14) and Shane Walsh (28-17) led the way in the upset victory and allowed their side to finish a somewhat disappointing season on a high.

Shepparton Golf will now attempt to regroup ahead of qualifying final clash with East Shepparton at Hill Top on Saturday.

‘‘We’ve had a bit of an inhouse meeting and I can tell you I wouldn’t want to be playing us next week,’’ Orr said.

‘‘We’ll both be trying to bounce back, but I’ve got full faith in the core group that we’ve got and I’ll be backing the boys 110 per cent.’’

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